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A Very Dangerous And Disgusting Problem With Jacaranda Trees

Sharks, crocs and now, sadly jacaranda trees.

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I fucking love jacaranda trees.

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It's a very special time for me because over the past few weeks these stunning flowers have been falling from trees around Australia, coating the country in a purple carpet.

Like look at this fucking thing.

The University of Sydney’s quadrangle right now… god it’s insanely beautiful, photo by @dtsmith_sydney

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A colleague even wrote about jacarandas last week and I spent the day scrolling through the pictures ~moaning~ with delight.

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But because of the recent wet weather, there's a serious problem with jacarandas... I need to shout it... JACARANDA SLUDGE!

jacaranda petal sludge on the footpath is the modern day Slip 'n Slide

Jacaranda sludge (n.) - The brown mash that forms on the footpath after feet have trodden on wet jacaranda flowers.

Jacaranda blossom is like snow... Its beautiful until its been on the ground for 30 minutes and then turns into an evil brown sludge

So is this.

All those pretty jacaranda flowers on the pavement turn into a lethal purple slippery-slide when it rains

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I was glad to learn other people had noticed the near impossibility walking on wet jacaranda flowers.

Sydney streets so lovely and purple those fucking flowers are fucking everywhere the little slippery shits

And causing accidents.

JACARANDA flowers Slippery AF!!! Bitch done almost lost a tooth.

I spoke to The Australian's social affairs writer Rick Morton who retold an excellent story of falling on jacaranda sludge.

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Well, there are four shedding jacaranda trees in 100m from my front door to my coffee shop and I've been dazzled by them for days now.Now I'm from Queensland originally where a.) it tends to only storm and flush the flowers away and b.) where the footpaths are of such poor quality they more closely resemble gravel and therefore maintain a certain grip.I've only just moved to a suburb in Sydney with lots of J-Trees so I didn't KNOW they were slippery at all. So I made it through these four sets of impromptu jacaranda carpets, slipping like a baby giraffe on an ice rink but I think the coffee gave me a false sense of security so on the way out I went back the way I came and as I fell I thought: flowers are a bit shit." Not really, I swore. And I was embarrassed. And covered in purple flowers. So I had to go and change. I'm not a morning person.

I agree with Rick... jacaranda sludge is a huge problem facing Australia.

Death comes to us all, eventually. Faster, if there are jacaranda flowers on the wet footpath.

"You know how in nature some animals have colour schemes that warn they are poisonous or deadly? Add purple to the list," he said.

"I think the disappointing part is that I'd gone 28 years not knowing the deadly underbelly of the jacaranda. I feel like that's something I should have known. Blue-ringed octopus, sharks, brown snakes, redback spiders, we know those. But jacaranda flowers? Come on!"

It's true, add jacaranda sludge to sharks, crocs and magpies as another threat facing this great southern land.

Magpie season has been replaced by slippery jacaranda blooms season. #corrected #idontknowplantsandstuff

Mark Di Stefano is a Media and Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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